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Freed Polanski bears no grudge towards Swiss

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Freed Polanski bears no grudge towards Swiss


Roman Polanski has stepped into the spotlight for the first time since Swiss authorities freed him from house arrest on Monday.

In Montreux for a concert by his singer wife, he spoke to Swiss television.

The 76-year-old was asked if he is still a friend of Switzerland.

“I still have very warm feelings for Switzerland and especially the people around Gstaad because they supported me,” he replied.

Asked whether he ever considered trying to escape,
Polanski said that if he had thought about it, he would have done so because it was “extremely easy.”

“The electronic tag that I was wearing on my foot could not prevent that, so close to the French border. People knew that I would never do that,” he said.

“I don’t know what I am going to do. For now, I am happy to be free and, as I told you, to be able to devote myself to the things that I was prevented from doing.”

The film director was arrested last September in Zurich, on the basis of a US extradition request.

US authorities want him to be sentenced for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, three decades ago.

But after detention, in prison, then under house arrest at his chalet in Gstaad, Switzerland decided not to extradite him.

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